ST. LOUIS - A year and a half after her death, a Tower Grove South man believes his sister is being dishonored, and her wishes dismissed. Even though his sister made sure her burial and headstone would be taken care of.
Patricia Price is buried somewhere in a section of Oak Grove Cemetery but she doesn't have a marker, even though she died in December of 2012. Her brother isn't at all happy about it.
"It does irritate me to no end and at age 83, I'm not in the mood to be irritated," said John Price.
Price says his sister, Patricia, was an independent person.
"She traveled around the world and was well-educated with three college degrees," he said.
So it may be no surprise she planned her final arrangements. She had a $2,000 policy, Price says, to pay for her burial in the family plot and the headstone. The burial happened, but still no headstone. Price says the owner of Oak Grove Cemetery, Marilyn Stanza, is full of excuses.
"That there was some delay in ordering the tombstone because of some kind of a problem in Vermont with the quarry that they were backlogged or some other such excuse," he said.
Marilyn Stanza has gotten negative press in the past: topics including poor upkeep of the Oak Grove grounds and Mausoleum and, yes, not providing headstones.
Stanza does not deny getting the money from Patricia Price's estate. She tells 5 on Your Side's Mike Rush she believes the headstone was ordered in March of last year and may even be done, but could not provide proof of it, or explain why it hasn't been delivered. She also refused to tell Mike Rush what company made the headstone.
"Marilyn Stanza has breached a fiduciary trust with my sister's estate," said Price.
Stanza says she will research Patricia Price's case and get back to Mike Rush.